The 968 Hotel is a six-minute walk from Lake Tahoe, two inches from Mother Nature, and less than 600 footsteps from two of Lake Tahoe's major attractions—a glass-walled gondola ride that gives riders a sweeping view of the brilliantly blue lake, as well as an upscale shopping center, which houses an eight-plex cinema, an ice-skating rink, a mini-golf course, and a locally popular breakfast café. Those ready to wander join an all-day, small-group wine tasting around Lake Tahoe vineyards, and history buffs can investigate the site of the Tallac resort, which features preserved vacation homes, hiking trails, and guided walks.
Neighboring Heavenly Mountain Resort's iconic gondola, Body Essentials' two corpus-nourishing locations each boast a wide variety of corpus-refreshing treatments. Once inside, patrons are sheathed in complimentary robes and slippers, in which they saunter with the comfort and confidence of regal polar-bear cubs into their private treatment rooms. There, aestheticians may pamper bodies with vitamin-infused facials, botanic body scrubs, or anti-aging treatments, such as the nonsurgical face-lift. Spa-goers' figures can also be invigorated with an aromatherapy treatment, which entices the senses with fragrant essential oils, massage, and a thermal wrap. Whether looking for a full spa day or a mini beauty retreat, Body Essentials' team happily indulges clients with a variety of signature packages. The Mana'ia, specially calibrated for men, drains stress and overworked lymphatic systems with endermotherapy massage and fulfills men's lifelong dream of becoming sushi during a seaweed wrap, and bridal packages treat wives-to-be days before and the day of the wedding with a list of preparatory treatments.
Peace of Mind Float Spa casts a gravity-defying spin on relaxation with sensory-deprivation flotation tanks. The tank's solution of filtered, sterilized water mixes with 800 pounds of Epsom salts to imbue guests with a feeling of weightlessness that aims to induce deep relaxation and alleviate physical ailments. The water is heated to skin temperature to simulate a state of anti-gravity typically experienced only by astronauts or koalas at an all-you-can-eat eucalyptus buffet. An oxygen aromatherapy treatment can heighten the effects of floating before or after the treatment with one of four scents. The relaxation destination also hosts a far infrared sauna, which uses soothing heat and infrared rays to penetrate the body and aid natural detoxification.
Equipped with an all-natural paste refined throughout the ages, New Beginnings Skin Care & Massage’s therapists abolish unwanted hair from a variety of bodily geography with the ancient Egyptian method of body sugaring. After entrapping hair from root to tip in the sticky glaze, therapists gently lift hair out in its natural direction, freeing surfaces from fuzzy patches or worn out Dukakis '88 bumper stickers. Less painful than waxing, sugary remedies can be applied anywhere on the body, including the eyebrows ($15+), the bikini line ($25+), or the chest and abs ($65). Sugar treatments begin to deplete follicles after several sessions, often forcing threads to disappear completely before starting new lives as mysterious strangers in hardscrabble mountain towns.
North Lake Massage & Skin Care taps the talents of Kristen Cocca Pepin, a former certified athletic trainer, and Bethany Lambrecht, a licensed aesthetician, to create an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation. Kristen, Michelle, and Corina offer a variety of massage modalities, which range from Swedish and deep tissue to ashiatsu oriental bar therapy—an ancient Eastern Asian treatment that utilizes bars, creams, and oils that target inflammation and initiate pain relief. Bethany, Roxy, and Kris offer Bioelements facials that are customized to each client’s skin needs and include a retinue of cleansing and rejuvenating applications. Other services at North Lake Massage & Skin Care include airbrush tanning, infrared sauna, and waxing.
Old Hot Springs Resort sources natural mineral water from 35,000 feet below the Earth’s surface to fill pools and baths for a health-enriching experience. The springs carry a lengthy history, including use by settlers back in 1849 on their way to the gold rush, and before then by Washoe Indians perfecting their synchronized diving routines. The water teems with healthy minerals such as sulfate to strengthen skin and hair, calcium to fortify bones, and potassium to aid muscle function.
Adults splash and swim in aquamarine outdoor pools kept at 98 degrees in the summer and 102 degrees in the winter, or sunbathe on the surrounding patio. Meanwhile, private baths, with water from 95 to 110 degrees, proffer an intimate place for couples to canoodle and spies to exchange confidential microfiche. Staffers drain and refill pools every day, barring the use of chemicals or city water to maintain the mineral water’s purity. After soaking, patrons can deepen their relaxation with a hot-stone massage, held in a hushed room lit with petite lights, or snag refreshments from an onsite restaurant and bar.